New Releases: July-August 2017
THE POWER OF SILENCE Against the Dictatorship of Noise
Author: Robert Cardinal Sarah with Nicolas Diat
In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such an influence over us, Cardinal Sarah presents a book about the strength of silence.
The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become both harder and more necessary than ever before.
2017 288 pages R285.00
THE BLESSING OF HUMILITY
Author: Jerry Bridges
Starting with poverty in spirit and proceeding through our sin, our hunger and thirst for righteousness, our experience of persecutions large and small, we discover that humility is itself a blessing: at every turn, God is present to us, giving grace to the humble and lifting us up to blessing.
2016 120 pages R230.00
Author:Fr. John Bartunek
Explores religious topics in the context of modern-day life. The reflections follow the rhythms of the winter season, helping you rediscover the beauty of a God-centred life.
2016 118 pages R155.00
MEETING GOD IN THE UPPER ROOM Three Moments to Change Your Life
Author: Peter J. Vaghi
Explores three events in the life of the early Church that can be traced back to the Upper Room in Jerusalem in order to guide us to a deeper understanding of living the Christian life in prayer, worship and service. Each of the three parts is dedicated to one of these key moments: the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist, the post-resurrection appearances of Christ and the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles at Pentecost.
2017 144 pages R225.00
YEARNING FOR YOU, MY GOD A Companion for Praying the Psalms
Author: James Torrens, SJ
Helps us open our hearts to 33 of the psalms, selected from each of the genres, praise, thanksgiving, lament and more. The reflections, accompanied by nine of Fr. Griesbach’s paintings, invite us into the world of the psalmists and help us to raise our own prayer to God.
2016 112 pages R230.00
THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE 12 Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Call to Holiness
Author: David Haas
We all feel the desire for transcendent that gives our life meaning. How do we connect to that spiritual dimension? David Haas helps us to see that holiness is the key to our search and holiness begins when we realize that we are God’s children.
2017 96 pages R197.50
DISCIPLES OF THE RISEN CHRIST Cardinal Carlo Martini on Lent and Easter
Author: Cardinal Carlo Martini
The reflections of Cardinal Martini in this volume revolve mainly around three themes: the Eucharist, Easter Sunday and Pentecost. In instituting the Eucharist we contemplate the foreshadowing of what happens in the passion and resurrection of Christ and at the same time the merciful love of Jesus for his Church and the assurance of his very presence now and forever through the sacrament.
2016 149 pages R269.50
FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT An Ignatian Retreat with St. Paul
Author: Brendan Byrne, SJ
Offers a theological and pastoral discussion of key Pauline texts and topics, arranged in a format for an 8-day retreat along the lines of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola. The collection is designed to serve as an introduction to Paul's theology and spirituality with a focus upon those aspects that appear to be matched in Ignatian spirituality. 2016 198 pages R295.00
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? A Guide to Being More Faithful, Hopeful and Loving
Author: Richard Leonard SJ
Brings together three previous works on belief and its challenges: Where the Hell Is God? Why Bother Praying? What Are We Doing on Earth for Christ's Sake? This work edits, augments and develops the early works into a single case for belief. It outlines a contemporary response to the issues that confront and sometimes confound believers today.
2017 210 pages R315.00
CONSENTING TO GOD AS GOD IS
Author: Thomas Keating
Collects the talks and daily presentations on various aspects of the spiritual journey. The book’s title describes the most fundamental exercise of Christian faith. This exercise recognizes the illusory character of our past ideas of God and gives birth to a new understanding that leads to a deep conversion of heart.
2016 136 pages R255.00
PETER Keys to Following Jesus
Author: Tim Gray
Dr. Tim Gray guides you through the inspiring life of Peter--from his call to discipleship to his eventual martyrdom in Rome. Using Scripture and tradition, he highlights these lessons from Peter's life.
2016 208 pages 245.00
I BURNED FOR YOUR PEACE Augustine's Confessions Unpacked
Author: Peter Kreeft
Peter Kreeft delves into one of the most beloved Christian classics of all time--Augustine's Confessions. He collects key passages and offers commentary, making Confessions accessible to any reader who is both intellectually curious and spiritually hungry.
2016 240 pages R259.50
THE HOLY SPIRIT FIRE OF DIVINE LOVE
Author: Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen
Presents reflections on the Holy Spirit emphasizing the importance of the Spirit in the life of a Christian. As the Holy Spirit descended upon the early Church at Pentecost to set the world ablaze with the fire of love, so He wants to do with us.
2017 160 pages R220.00
WISDOM: THE GOOD LIFE Wisdom Literature and the Rule of Benedict
Author: Irene Nowell
Irene Nowell shows us how we too can live the good life. Each chapter includes reflection questions and prayers, guiding us on a renewed journey toward wisdom and encouraging us to embody this wisdom more in our daily lives.
2017 104 pages R249.50
WHEN WOMEN PRAY
A book that will inspire a new outpouring of prayer for healing and holiness. This work proclaims the joy of prayer and wealth of grace entrusted to praying women.
2017 152 pages R259.50
AGELESS WISDOM Lifetime Lessons from the Bible
Author: Christopher M. Bellitto
"It's using insights from some famous and some unknown tales, myths, legends, allegories, chronicles and proverbs, the author places them in the context of the ancient biblical world in which they were written. The Drawing not only on the Bible itself, but on medieval and modern Jewish commentaries (midrashim), Christian sermons, and Muslim explanations, Ageless Wisdom offers examples of how past generations have made the Bible's lessons about wisdom their own.
2016 140 pages R295.00
CREDIBLE WITNESSES What people Thought of Jesus as Revealed in John’s Gospel
Author: John Parr
Follows John’s lead by allowing many of his characters to speak about Jesus by telling their stories. This involves imagination and even conjecture at times. In each of the chapters, a character’s testimony is illuminated with some background information, before going on to show how John uses the testimony as part of the witness of his Gospel as a whole. Each chapter ends with some reflections that help to draw John’s Gospel into the present.
2016 164 pages R245.00
THE NAKED GOD Wrestling for a grace-ful humanity
Authors: Vincent Strudwick and Jane Shaw
Vincent Strudwick – in collaboration with theologian, historian and priest Jane Shaw – invites all readers to become wrestlers: to explore difficult questions about God, the Bible, spirituality and the Church.
2017 192 pages R215.00
MARTIN LUTHER An Ecumenical Perspective
Author: Walter Kasper
For Catholics, Luther has long been one of the heretics responsible for the split of the Western Church and its consequences-at least up until today. This thinking is now over. The Catholic Luther research in the twentieth century brought a significant shift in understanding Luther. He is now recognized for his insights and there is a more equitable judgment on the schism. There is now more of an understanding and ecumenical spirit. Cardinal Kasper presents these themes in his latest work, explores his understanding of Martin Luther and his contributions that could not be imagined 500 years ago, but are now in the forefront of a new ecumenical spirit.
2016 45 pages R189.50
THE CATHOLIC LUTHER His Early Writings
Editors: Philip D. W. Krey and Peter D. S. Krey
Presents seven writings by Luther that demonstrate his deep Catholicity.
2016 184 pages R295.00
SPEAKING WITH AQUINAS A Conversation about Grace, Virtue and the Eucharist
Author: David Farina Turnbloom
The author seeks to describe the relationship between the celebration of the Eucharist and the unity of the Church. By examining Aquinas' treatment of grace and virtues, this book allows the reader to understand Aquinas' Eucharistic theology within the context of the spiritual life of the Church. In the end, Turnbloom retrieves a Thomistic theology of the Eucharist that arises from Aquinas' concern for the virtuous life of the Church.
2017 198 pages R499.50
BEYOND DOGMATISM AND INNOCENCE Hermeneutics, Critique, and Catholic Theology
Editors: Bradford E. Hinze and Anthony J. Godzieba
The essays by figures in Catholic theology suggest what might be called a "third naïveté" that blends contextual interpretations with a theological analysis of the roles of power and grace in Church and society. The abilities to grapple with basic issues in hermeneutics and critical theory remain fundamental for Catholic theology.
2017 302 pages R695.00
EVOLUTION AND THE FALL
Authors: James K. A. Smith & William T. Cavanaugh
What does it mean for the Christian doctrine of the Fall if there was no historical Adam? If humanity emerged from nonhuman primates then what are the implications for a Christian understanding of human origins, including the origin of sin? This book gathers an ecumenical team of scholars to address these difficult questions and others like them from the perspectives of biology, theology, history, Scripture, philosophy and politics.
2017 261 pages 475.00
THE ECUMENISM OF BEAUTY
Editor: Timothy Verdon
The authors are Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant artists, scholars and clergy who in 2017 will take part in a symposium organized to commemorate the Reformation, which began when Martin Luther published his 95 theses in 1517. With sessions in Paris, Strasburg, Florence, New Haven (CT), and Orleans (MA), the symposium is promoted by Catholic and Protestant schools of theology together with Mount Tabor Centre for Art and Spirituality, in Barga, Italy. "It is. . . a pleasure to have theologians and artists from Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions gather to consider afresh the vital place of images, art, and beauty." —Cameron J. Anderson
2017 125 pages R445.00
WHO AM I TO JUDGE? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love
Author: Edward Sri
In an age in which preference has replaced morality, many people find it difficult to speak the truth. Using stories and personal experience, Edward Sri helps us understand the classical view of morality and equips us to engage relativism, appealing to both the head and the heart. Learn how Catholic morality is all about love, why making a judgment is not judging a person's soul, and why, in the words of Pope Francis, "relativism wounds people."
2016 192 pages R255.00
Study Guide R270.00
UNBELIEF Its Causes and Cures
Author: Fr. Nicolas J. Laforet
Lays out the causes of unbelief, and shows the antidotes necessary to remedy each. Noting that unbelief is not a particularly modern phenomenon, Fr. Laforet explains that unbelief is not merely a matter of the intellect; on the contrary, where unbelief prevails we almost always find its source in a person’s will. From the fruits of his spiritual and psychological analysis, he then crafts a simple but powerful remedy — one that is sure to bring to Christ any reasonable person who honestly employs it.
2016 128 pages R225.00
WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED Transforming the Parish through Communities of Practice
Author: Jane E. Regan
Proposes that we draw on the times that adults already meet to enhance the faith formative values of those gatherings. From the parish council to the community, each group provides an opportunity to attend to the faith life of the participants. By looking at these multiple parish gatherings through the lens of communities of practice, their formative roles can be examined. The second part of the book examines characteristics that these communities of practice have in common.
2016 184 pages R285.00
THE CHARACTER OF THE DEACON Spiritual & Pastoral Foundations
Editor: James Keating
This collection of essays offers a unique insight into the many facets of the character of the deacon. The essays are divided into four areas: the diaconate and Scripture, tradition, prayer, and action. This book will not only serve as a dynamic resource for the intellectual and spiritual formation of deacons, but it will also secure for the deacon who has ministered for many years what he only glimpsed at the beginning of his ministry.
2017 172 pages R295.00
THE HEART OF THE DIACONATE Communion with the Servant Mysteries of Christ
Author: James Keating
Through the three areas of Calling, Formation and Ordination and Ministry, this book explores the tension of the diaconate vocation and what the diaconate for the future will look like. It outlines what those who are considering the diaconate must possess if it is truly going to be an effective ministry within the Church. With a focus on availability to both prayer and ministry, the future of the diaconate must be both mystical and youthful and address one important question: Where has the gospel yet to reach in my diocese?
2016 80 pages R199.50
A SHARED SPIRITUAL JOURNEY A Shared Spiritual Journey - Lutherans and Catholics Travel Toward Unity
Authors: Susan K Wood and Timothy J Wengert
The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For Lutherans, the anniversary evokes their determination to proclaim the gospel with purity and their efforts to live a reformed ecclesial life. Catholics perhaps experience the commemoration of 2017 as a break in communion. This account of differing perspectives on the anniversary of the Reformation fails to account, however, for the past fifty years of patient and collegial dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics and the deep friendships forged between them in the process. The commemoration of the Reformation can occur for the first time within an ecumenical context that reflects the progress towards reconciled unity that has been achieved through these many years of dialogue.
2016 254 pages R545.00
THE SCANDAL OF CHRISTIAN DISUNION
Author: Nicholas King
The first chapter the author considers the scandal of Christian disunion and the mystery whereby good people seem content to live with the scandal. Then he looks at each of the 27 documents that constitute the New Testament and demonstrates that the writers were well aware of the possibility of divisions in the Church and that they had a way of coping with the divisions, by keeping their eyes on God and on Jesus. The final part of the book considers the issue that divides Christians of the Roman Catholic Church from other Christians, namely the role given to Mary and in particular to the two teachings about her Immaculate Conception and her Assumption and whether the Catholic position represents an unbridgeable gap for Christians from other traditions.
2017 174 pages R375.00
WILL POPE FRANCIS PULL IT OFF? The challenge of Church Reform
Author: Rocco D’Ambrosio
Priest-sociologist Rocco D'Ambrosio considers the personality, convictions, and gifts the pope brings to the task. He explores the hurdles Francis faces, the tools at his disposal, and his prospects for success. The result is an institutional analysis of the Catholic Church in the Bergoglio era that promises insights.
2017 100 pages R249.50
INSEPARABLE LOVE A Commentary on The Order of Celebrating Matrimony in the Catholic Church
Author: Paul Turner
Provides a commentary on the Catholic Church's Order of Celebrating Matrimony. Readers will learn about the history and theology of the elements of the rite and of the pertinent texts in the Roman Missal. Turner provides translations of reports of the study group that revised the ceremony after Vatican II. The book also covers the Spanish translations used in the United States, Mexico, and Colombia, and variations permitted in Australia and in England and Wales, as well as in French-speaking Canada.
2017 324 pages R495.00
LET US WORSHIP THE LORD
Author: John Cox
This compendium of prayers, reflections, Bible-based monologues, sermon ideas and full services is a resource for those who lead worship. The focus is on the two great festivals of Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.
2017 328 pages R425.00
UNDERSTANDING THE MASS Historical, Biblical, Theological & Liturgical Perspectives
Author: Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu
Throws light on the Mass by means of historical, biblical, theological, and liturgical insights. The author gives a summary of the history of the Christian Eucharist from the Last Supper until the present, taking note of Jewish, Greek, Roman and other influences on it. There is also an overview showing how deeply rooted the Mass is in the Bible and in the theology of the early Church. This book likewise looks at the liturgical norms governing the celebration of Mass.
2017 272 pages R445.00
LONGING TO SEE YOUR FACE Preaching in a Secular Age
Author: Thomas J. Scirghi, SJ
The author begins with a discussion of the purpose of preaching and offers a theological sounding on proclamation, taking up several descriptions of the role of the preacher. He also addresses current theological issues for the contemporary preacher. The second part of the book discusses the practical matter of preparing to preach and proposes a method of preparation by following a pattern of reflection, research, writing and rehearsing. The third part focuses on two specific sacramental celebrations: funerals and weddings.
2017 130 pages R265.00
WAITING ON WORD Preaching sermons that connect people with God
Author: Lorraine Cavanagh
An exploration of the gift of preaching and of becoming an effective communicator – someone who is able to connect with people’s desire for God.
2017 192 pages R210.00
Author: Flor McCarthy, S.D.B.
The 33 stories which the visiting storyteller shares with the people prompt a range of responses and insights among the listeners. In The Storyteller McCarthy is building on the observation of Danish writer Karen Blixen that a storyteller has the capacity to create for people another sort of reality which in some way can satisfy them.
2016 112 pages R179.50
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION An Anthropological and Scriptural Understanding
Author: Robert L. Fastiggi
A resource for undergraduate, graduate and seminary courses on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It offers an overview of the sacrament in terms of its anthropological, scriptural, historical and theological roots as well as an analysis of the key components of the sacrament.
2017 176 pages R445.00
HOMILY GUIDE FOR ORDINARY TIME Meditations on the Weekday Gospels
Author: Hilary R. Munyaneza
A Homily Guide for the weekday Gospels of the lectionary for the Eucharist. The aim is to assist the preacher to discover what the text of the Gospel readings meant and what it means for Christians today. It a wonderful guide for all people of all walks of life. For each day, there are selected related Bible verses.
2017 216 pages R119.50
KINDLE YOUR SPIRIT Homiletic Reflections for Sundays
Author: John Pichappilly
Echoes the message of Pope Francis as he calls every Christian to be a spirit-filled evangeliser formed by the Word of God. This book contains reflections interwoven with stories, anecdotes, incidents, practical examples and lessons on the readings of Sundays for all three liturgical cycles.
2016 356 pages R149.50
LET THERE BE NO DIVISION AMONG YOU Why All Christians Should be Catholic
Author: John MacLaughlin
Considers the claim that it doesn't matter what Christian denomination you join, so long as you're sincere. Formally known as Indifferentism, this view has in recent centuries taken deep root among Christians. Indeed, indifferentism is the enemy not only of Protestantism and Catholicism, but of Christ Himself, who revealed to His apostles scores of truths about Himself and the way of salvation, never encouraging them to pick and choose among those truths. Not only then, argues Fr. MacLaughlin, is one Christian denomination not as good as another; embracing the wrong one can lead a soul into unbelief, jeopardizing his salvation. For this reason, he devotes the second half of this book to delineating the two fundamental characteristics that will always be found in the Church.
2017 192 pages R275.00
THE REVOLUTION OF TENDERNESS Being a Catholic in today’s Church
Author: Raymond Friel
The author draws on his own Catholic upbringing to reflect the changes taking place in and around the Church, with a particular focus on the inspiration of Pope Francis and ways to develop a personal faith.
2016 236 pages R265.00
TEACHING KIDS TO CARE Reflections, Activities and Prayers on Practicing Virtues
Author: Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP
Hundreds of activities, conversation starters and suggested Scripture passages that encourage caring. Organized by 25 virtues—compassion, empathy, justice, and more—this resource also includes reflections and prayers for each virtue.
2017 80 pages R149.50
DOCAT\ Study Guide
An aid for using the DOCAT in any study group situation, whether in a classroom, at home or in small groups. Laid out in a youthful style, this study tool is sure to foster reflection and discussion on the Social Teachings of the Church.
2016 104 pages R165.00
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